We had so much fun participating in the Summer Love Books exchange last month. The exchange, hosted by The Educators’ Spin On It, paired up twenty blogging mamas to exchange their favorite children’s books and activity ideas inspired by those books.
We were so thrilled when we were paired up with awesome mama blogger, Laura from Play Dr. Mom, and her two little ones, Henry and Honor. Since Laura is a Child Psychologist, she sent along her favorite children’s book about kids emotions, Today I Feel Silly: And Other Moods That Make My Day, by Jamie Lee Curtis.
The kids got such a giggle out of the many emotions and faces throughout the book. It’s rhyming lines make it a really fun read, too. It’s a great book for explaining emotions to children. Laura sent along a mini photo album and a list of activity ideas for learning about emotions, too.
Make a Simple DIY Kids Emotions Game!
Here’s how we decided to make our own emotions game and book…
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DIY Kids Emotions Game
Supplies for the Kids Emotions Game:
- free kids emotions words printable (printed and cut out)
- photos of the kids making faces for each emotion word on the printable
- scissors and/or scrapbooking paper trimmer
- laminator and thermal laminating pouches (or can laminate at an office supply or printing store)
- round self-adhesive hook and loop fasteners (i.e. velcro)
- a mini 4x6” photo album
First, Download the Kids Emotions Words Printable:
How to Make your Kids Emotions Game:
- Print the free kids emotions printable at 4x6” and cut them down to 3.5” x 5.5”. Laminate for durability.
- Take close-up photos of the kids making faces of each of the emotions listed on the emotions printable. Laminate them for durability.
- Adhere round self-adhesive hook and loop fasteners to the back of the emotion words cards.
- Adhere the matching round self-adhesive hook and loop fasteners to the bottom front of the kids emotions pictures.
- Now, let the kids try to match the emotion words to the correct emotions pictures!
Since Sawyer is a beginning reader, this is great for him to practice reading his emotion words. When we are all done playing the emotions game, we store the pictures with their emotion words cards in the mini photo album for a fun emotions photo book.
We’re loving our new book and emotions game inspired by Laura, Henry, and Honor. Please go visit Laura at Play Dr. Mom and find out her other favorite children’s books about feelings.
Explaining emotions to children can be tricky. How do you talk about emotions with your kids? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!
Don’t forget your Kids Emotions Words Printable:
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